103 11 months ago
103 11 months ago
"Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" is a song performed by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls for their second studio album Doll Domination (2008). It was released on February 23, 2009, by Interscope Records as the fourth single from the record. After watching Slumdog Millionaire record executives Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair wanted to turn "Jai Ho" into a "pop record without deviating from the original melody" and asked Nicole Scherzinger to do her own interpretation of the song. The song was credited as "A. R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger.
Upon its release, the song received acclaim from music critics, applauding it as a great adaption. "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" was commercially successful. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at number 100. The following week it peaked at number 15, experiencing one of the largest upward movements on the chart. Internationally, the song charted strongly, topping the charts in countries including in Australia, Finland, Israel and Ireland, as well as peaking within the top ten of the charts in countries such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The music video was shot in Vienna, Austria at a tramway museum, recreating the last scene from the movie Slumdog Millionaire. In the United Kingdom, the English-language version of the song was sung by various voice actors of British children's shows during the 2009 Children in Need Promotional dance video. It was also sung in The Official BBC Children in Need Medley, which topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in late 2009. The Pussycat dolls have performed "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" during several live performances, including the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and an episode of One Life to Live.